Magic Under the Mistletoe by Lucy Coleman
Christmas and romance are in the air...
It's December 23rd and while everyone else is rushing home for the holidays, workaholic Leesa Oliver is dreading switching on her out-of-office for the festive season. And it seems her equally driven boss, Cary Anderson, isn't relishing spending Christmas at his family's country estate either.
So together, they draft an unexpected Christmas contract: They'll spend half of the holidays with each other's families, pretending to be a couple. Leesa knows the insufferably good-looking Cary will make her Christmas more bearable, but what happens after the last of the mince pies have been eaten...?
Leesa signed off on a sensible business agreement, but somewhere, amongst the fairy lights and carols something seems to have changed... It seems there might just be some magic under the mistletoe this Christmas!
This isn't your typical Christmas story, in that it starts during one Christmas, takes place over a whole year, and concludes over the following Christmas.
There's certainly a lot going on in this book, and the author isn't shy about tackling the difficult issue of domestic abuse, although the nitty-gritty of it is deftly avoided, as the reader is told about it in retrospect.
The contract between the two main characters is a bit of an odd set-up but once you get your head around it and go with the flow, the story is an interesting one with a slow-burning attraction, a slower-burning love, and a satisfying conclusion.
About the Author
Lucy lives in the Forest of Dean in the UK with her lovely husband and Bengal cat, Ziggy. Her novels have been short-listed in the UK's Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards. Lucy won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award.